Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Doom wants to settle an argument between two men in his tribe, what engineering challenge does he create?

2. Which of the following about Indian culture does NOT embarrass the president?

3. Which of the following ailments does not befall the first pilot in the story "Death Drag"?

4. What crop does the family in "The Tall Men" grow?

5. What is Emily Grierson's initial response after her father dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the townsfolk find behind the locked door in Emily Grierson's home after she dies?

2. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

3. Why do the Jefferson townsfolk pity Emily Grierson after her father dies?

4. What happens when young Georgie goes to visit his Uncle Rodney in the story "That Will Be Fine"?

5. Why is Abner Snope ordered to pay de Spain bushels of corn, and what is Abner's reaction to this order?

6. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

7. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

8. What happens to Lucius Provine when he travels to the Indian reservation?

9. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

10. In the story "A Justice," why does Doom leave his tribe and where does he go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Lo" is the only story that deals with a real, historical character in its depiction of an American president. First, describe the way the president was portrayed in this story. Then compare/contrast our country's leader to the Indian tribe leader in the story. To which group does Faulkner's historical sympathy seem to lie? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think is more important to Sarty in the story "Barn Burning," love or truth? Give at least two examples of each of these themes as depicted in Sarty's relationship with his father. Then describe Sarty's struggle to balance love and truth, and how this struggle led to his maturity.

Essay Topic 3

In the stories "Two Soldiers" and "Shall Not Perish," Faulkner plays with the contrast between the rich and poor during the Civil War. First, give a description of the way the poor families are portrayed in these two stories and compare/contrast this with the description of the rich families. Then argue which of these groups of people Faulkner sympathizes with more, and give at least two examples from the text to back up your argument.

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